For our major kitchen renovation, I've been through all kinds of vendors and local custom shops trying to find the "perfect" cabinet situation...I know it doesn't exist. But after endless research, I'm still so torn about the MDF cabinets I have recently been leaning towards.
We are getting off-white painted shaker style cabinets. Most dealers offer brands that have maple cabinets slats with a veneer or mdf panel, so I realize its not ALL solid wood. Because of my dissatisfaction with the local dealer customer service and the lack of options with box cabinets for our specific kitchen requirements, I decided to consider a local custom cabinet maker. The service and options have been, hands down, exceptionally better than what I was experiencing. ONE problem...they refuse to paint anything other than MDF. They claim that since it takes paint better, and doesn't have the same seams as wood, will not crack and split the paint where would might. I have read this many times, so I know they aren't misleading me on that aspect. However, I'm having a hard time justifying not getting real wood, especially if I'm spending a pretty penny for custom cabinets. The main benefit to real wood that I see is that it increases the value as a potential selling point on a home, and if we ever (or anyone else) ever wanted to refinish and change the color, they can't. If it gets damaged and needs to be repaired, you really can't sand it or repaint, etc. I am not experienced enough with this material to know if it is truly going to hold up. At least with wood, even if it doesn't hold up the paint perfectly over the years, I have options for fixing it. With MDF, I'm not sure what my options are, other than just living with it or changing them out. Also, the sample doors they gave me make me a little nervous because the finish has a little more of a plastic look to me than painted wood samples I've held. (Not sure if its just in my head because I know I'm holding fake wood!).
Anyway...I guess what I need is for somebody to make me feel better about the MDF decision. I've been dead set on painted cabinets from day one. I absolutely love the custom company I've been working with and trust their quality of work, and love their amazing service that I've experienced. But they absolutely refuse to paint wood!! (Don't understand that since they are custom, seems like I should be able to get exactly what I want). Is there any major concern I should have about MDF or so,etching else I should consider about MDF or wood that I haven't mentioned above??